October 25, 2016

Fresh Saudi air raids leave 12 dead in Yemen

Smoke rises after a Saudi airstrike in Sana’a, Yemen, November 12, 2015. (Photo by AP)

At least a dozen civilians have lost their lives in a new round of Saudi aerial assaults against Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.

On Saturday, Saudi warplanes struck a residential neighborhood in the al- Wazi’iyah district of the province, situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a, leaving 12 civilians dead and 13 others injured, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported. Saudi military aircraft also pounded other districts in the same province as well as the capital, though there were no immediate reports of casualties.

In response, Yemeni army soldiers backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees targeted Saudi military vehicles in al-Rabu’ah town of Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Asir region, destroying three of them.

An unspecified number of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour were also killed and injured when Yemeni forces launched an offensive in the al-Omari district of Ta’izz Province.

The developments came a day after a woman was killed and several others were injured when Saudi warplanes bombarded the Maqbanah district of Ta’izz Province.

A Yemeni man inspects the damage in his house following Saudi airstrikes in the capital, Sana’a, October 16, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Saudi aircraft also dropped cluster bombs on Ash Sharijah district in Yemen’s southern al-Bayda Province, but no reports of casualties were immediately available.

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March. The Saudi military strikes were launched to supposedly undermine the Ansarullah movement and bring Hadi back to power.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since March. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools and factories.

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